Sin. Bernie Sanders' ambitious plan to reform the country's health system would provide coverage for those illegally residing in the country.
The new Vermont legislator's bill, which came out on Wednesday, states that "everyone residing in the United States is entitled to benefits for health care services." The Secretary of Health and Social Services "would promulgate a rule establishing the criteria for determining residence for purposes of eligibility under this Act".
Even if a person is not covered by the secretary of the HHS as part of a broad definition of the term "residence", the federal government can take steps "to ensure that every person in the United States has access to health care ".
But the bill states that the federal government would create a rule prohibiting foreigners from coming to the United States for the sole purpose of receiving free health care.
The new Sanders Medicare for All proposal was co-sponsored by the Democratic Senators in the 2020 presidential election, Cory Booker of New Jersey, Kirstin Gillibrand of New York and Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts.
Such a program would transfer all private insurance plans to a one-time, government-administered plan over a four-year period. Elements such as bonuses, co-payment and deductibles would be completely eliminated.
Sanders' Bill reflects closely the measure he proposed in his previous run for the presidency in 2016. His new bill provides for even more generous benefits, including long-term care funding for seniors. elderly and terminally ill. Estimates indicate a total cost of about $ 32 trillion.
As a result of a first democratic debate in 2016, Warren Gunnels, an assistant to Sanders, confirmed that millions of illegal immigrants would be covered by the Senator's plan.
"That would cover everyone, including aspiring Americans," Gunnels said at the time.
In March, Gillibrand said she was supportive of extending social security benefits to illegal immigrants.
"If you are in this country now, you must have the right to contribute to social security, pay your taxes, contribute to the local school system and have a path to citizenship. she told Davenport, Iowa.